U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed out that both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chinese regime had failed to meet their obligations in the face of the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
Pompeo used the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a reference to evaluate the behavior of the two involved in the spread of the virus, which has now caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and great economic losses around the world.
The IHR contains, “very clear expectations for how every country must disclose data to protect global health,” Pompeo said, according to the State Department.
He also noted that according to article 6 of the IHR, the governments of the 195 nations linked to the regulations have 24 hours to warn of public health events that could have serious international consequences in this regard.
Pompeo then referred to the delays of the CCP in informing the WHO and its retention of important information, after having warned of the outbreak of the CCP Virus.
“We strongly believe that the Chinese Communist Party did not report the outbreak of the new coronavirus in a timely fashion to the World Health Organization,” Pompeo added.
“Instead, it covered up how dangerous the disease is. It didn’t report sustained human-to-human transmission for a month until it was in every province inside of China,” he continued.
“It censored those who tried to warn the world, it ordered a halt to the testing of new samples, and it destroyed existing samples,” Pompeo added, referring to the CCP.
Moreover, Pompeo said that the Chinese regime is currently preventing knowledge of the evolution of the contagion and has not shared the sample of the virus from inside China with the outside world, adding obstacles to the knowledge of the disease’s evolution.
He also emphasized that, in 2007, when the regulations were revised due to SARS, the director of the WHO was trained to make public the noncompliance of any of the countries when it occurred, but that in this case the WHO had also failed, by not warning of the concealment by the CCP.
On Nov.17, the Chinese regime learned of the first case of the CCP virus, and only reported it to the WHO on Dec. 31, according to the established dates.
However, noncompliance with the IHR does not lead to legal consequences other than unilateral travel restrictions, “public outrage,” a “tarnished” reputation, and a higher death rate.
Given the lack of transparency of the WHO, the United States suspended the WHO’s funding of between $400 million and $500 million.
Some have proposed that Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adahnom Ghebreyesus, be dismissed from his office to restart U.S. financial contributions.
Pompeo alluded to the fact that perhaps the dismissal of Ghebreyesus would not be enough.
“We may need an even bolder change than that,” he told Fox News.